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Sean Arsenault and Meg Ward in "Of Thee I Sing"

USM premieres Pulitzer-winning musical "Of Thee I Sing"

When USM's Sam Allen takes the stage as Alexander Throttlebottom — the hapless vice president in the 86-year-old musical satire "Of Thee I Sing" — there are no hidden messages about fake news or border walls. The breezy, often-funny School of Music show has little time for contemporary asides.
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USM helps set course for Greater Portland to thrive

A new plan to help Greater Portland thrive — improving aging infrastructure, coordinating regional organizations and re-focusing a workforce that is both aging and shrinking — has been completed by a team from USM's Muskie School of Public Service.

USM alumna wrote opinion piece on historical fly-in in Old Orchard Beach in Bangor Daily News Blogs

USM alumna Kristine Millard wrote an opinion piece on the "Wings 4 Wishes" fly-in in Old Orchard Beach.

Schmidt interviewed by "Maine Things Considered" on Maine referenda

USM's Ron Schmidt was interviewed by "Maine Things Considered" on predicted turnout for the November 7th referenda.
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Ally Little: USM women's soccer player back to scoring goals

USM women's soccer player Ally Little is back in the game after a health scare left her thinking she may never play again.
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Sun Journal published USM faculty member's plan inspired by #metoo campaign

The ongoing #metoo campaign — encouraging women to speak out about sexual assaults — led part-time USM faculty member Kimberly Simmons to create an action plan to create change.
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New Fall 2017 enrollment numbers show surging growth at USM

The University of Southern Maine's just-compiled enrollment numbers show increases in new students, a rise in credit hours and a double-digit surge of new honors students and presidential scholars.
USM students with Leslie Odom Jr.

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr of "Hamilton" meets USM singers

Leslie Odom Jr, a Tony Award winner for his role as Aaron Burr in the musical phenomenon "Hamilton," met with 18 students from the University of Southern Maine's School of Music.
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First Iranian film festival in Maine to be hosted by USM Honors program as part of year-long Gloria S. Duclos Convocation

Students from the University of Southern Maine’s Honors program “Cinema in Iran” course, along with their instructor, professor Reza Jalali, will present the 2017 Iranian Film Festival—a first of its kind in Maine—in Portland beginning on October 20.
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USM alumnus Tommy Derrah, who appeared in the movie "Mystic River," memorialized in Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger

USM alumnus Tommy Derrah — who appeared in the movie "Mystic River" — was the subject of a feature obituaries in the Qunicy, Massachusetts' Patriot Ledger and the Boston Globe. He died on Oct. 5.